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First of the Big Bands

Tony Ashton, Jon Lord Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird
  • ASIN: B002CL36CO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Once upon a time, Jon Lord from Deep Purple and Tony Ashton from Ashton, Gardner & Dyke got together to record a single. That was back in 1971, after AGD had supported Deep Purple and had collaborated with Lord on the soundtrack to the western movie "The Last Rebel". The session went well, and Ashton and Lord decided to make an album together. However, with Deep Purple in full swing, the record wasn't actually finished until 1973. Even then it got waylaid, as the powers that be decided to hold off releasing it until the new lineup of Deep Purple was cemented. So, 1974 was the year that "First Of The Big Bands" finally saw the light of day.

The record didn't do well. It probably didn't help that Deep Purple had a new album out that year, or that Jon Lord himself had the classical release "Windows" out. But even if it hadn't got lost in the shuffle, "First Of The Big Bands" would have been a hard sell. Mainly because it sounded nothing like Deep Purple. Now, fair enough, that was the point of it. Jon Lord wanted to move away from the Hammond heavy sound into a piano and brass led roots direction. Something that was certainly achieved. But even if Deep Purple fans had heard it, they probably wouldn't have bought it anyway.

Add in the fact that logistics reduced the promotional tour to a single show at the London Palladium and a BBC special at the Golders Green Hippodrome, and it's not really a surprise that the album sunk without trace. Which is a real shame, because it's a thoroughly enjoyable album, albeit one that could only have been released in the seventies. I remember risking 1.25 on it about twenty years ago, and being thoroughly drawn into it's warm, rootsy embrace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem 2 Feb 2011
By wilcox660 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got this on vinyl back in the '70s. So nice to see this on CD again - there had been a crackly pressing on the Line label years ago for a very brief time.

So, what is it? It's a Jon Lord / Tony Ashton fun fest from 1974. It's mostly good time bluesy rock with bits of soul and R&B. Along for the ride are Ron Wood, BJ Cole, Peter Frampton, Cozy Powell, the folks from Capability Brown, and more!

Tunes like Celebration, Shut Up, Silly Boy, & Downside Upside Down still sound mighty fine! If you've never heard this one, give it a try!
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